Countdown to Giving: Day 1

Get Giving Ready with Holiday Home Florals and Thoughtful Gifts

It’s that time of year when you are frantically running around to different places to get gifts, while also striving to make your home festive and holiday ready. Multiple stops to the craft or department store, only to see everything picked over with no luck of finding anything that would truly fulfill your Christmas dinner table dreams.

The team at Piney Rose wants your holiday season to be as stress free as possible, and that is why we aim to make our store a one-stop-shop. The first step to making your elegant Christmas set-up would be to order your arrangements on our website and let us do the rest. Our new collection, Holiday Cheer, has four staple holiday arrangements that are artfully handcrafted with the freshest flowers in The Woodlands. We strategically designed each arrangement differently so that you could find which one would fit your home and décor inspiration the best.

Our box arrangements from The Holiday Cheer Collection come in rustic wooden boxed vases, perfect for long dining table settings or coffee tables. Included is a photo of our Grande box arrangement, which pairs nicely with white and red place settings.  This arrangement was designed for the big family holiday gatherings spent recollecting memories from previous years, laughing, crying and watching the kids run around with their cousins outside. We know it’s probably been months or maybe over a year since you last saw your extended family. Let this arrangement be there to welcome the regathering of your loved ones.

Aside from our Grande box, we also have a classic arrangement that is simple, yet still provides a beautiful staple to your home.  Add a Classic to your coffee table next to Santa’s cookies, or by a windowsill to bring warmth and cheer to your home. When your kids wake you up before sunrise to see if Santa came, let this arrangement be there next to your hot coffee while you groggily admire their pure excitement.

For those of you that are all about glamorous grand entrances, we have just the piece for you. Our Grande Tall arrangement will compliment any front door. It will also add the perfect touch of Christmas magic sitting next to your fireplace under your stockings or mantle garland. Don’t forget to add a little holiday cheer to your office as well, this piece will spice up any work setting!

Our fourth arrangement in the collection comes with a unique metallic glass vase that has engraving running through the entire thing.  This arrangement would make the perfect gift for the holiday party host, someone you haven’t seen in a while, or just to bring holiday cheer to someone’s day. Add this lavish arrangement to a cocktail table or nightstand to add extra holiday elegance to every room in the house. Now that you know the perfect places to put our arrangements in your home, make sure to visit us to preorder your arrangements today!

In addition to your staple pieces, it’s important to have the rest of your table looking inviting and fun. Interactive place settings for the kids are a great way to get them excited to sit down with the family. Add a piece of fresh garland or greenery to each place setting to keep the table looking fresh and enticing. To personalize each setting, a handwritten name tag that is festive adds character to the table and compliments your holiday theme. If you have an artist in the family, have them write your guests name in fun lettering to spice up your table’s personality even more. Adding a few colored glasses that correlate to the rest of the table is a great way to add color and wrap everything together nicely.

The secret to a great gift is to get something that seems personal to that person and looks like thought was incorporated into the gift. Piney Rose has a huge variety of gifts that range from toys, skin care, candles, home décor, crafts, outdoor accessories and more. Give gifts that are interactive and fun to do like a paint by numbers kit or a plant you can grow yourself.  We promise that you can’t go wrong with a gift from Piney Rose.

Piney Rose is a full-service floral design studio that takes pride in every colorful detail of each arrangement. We strive to make our customers happy and believe in curating moments and seasons of memories that will last a lifetime. We offer daily deliveries in the local area for all occasions as well as flower subscriptions for local flower lovers and companies. You can order through our website at and contact us with any questions at 936-524-1540.


Countdown to Giving: Day 2

Festive Holiday Recipes from the Team at Jo Anne Johnson Real Estate Group


ADB’s Fabulous Green Salad
Assorted Greens
Grape Tomatoes cut in halves
Mini cucumbers sliced
Sugar Snap Peas cut in thirds
Avocado diced
Orange Bell Pepper cut up
Toasted Pine Nuts
Shredded Parmesan Cheese

1 Cup of Olive Oil
1/3 Cup of Red or White Wine Vinegar
2 tsp of Dried Oregano
1-2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper
½ tsp. Mustard Powder


Sweet Potato Gratin with Gruyère Cheese
1½ Cups Heavy Cream
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 pounds Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick
1½ teaspoons Chopped Fresh Thyme
1½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
Âľ teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small pot bring cream and garlic just to a simmer. Remove from heat and set aside. Butter a 9Ă—13-inch shallow casserole dish or gratin dish of similar size and set aside. Stir the cooling cream occasionally to help prevent skin from forming.
  2. Build the Gratin: In the buttered casserole dish, spread one quarter of the sliced sweet potatoes out in a single, overlapping layer. Sprinkle the potatoes with 1/3 of the salt, pepper, and thyme and then about ½ cup of the grated cheese. Using another quarter of the sliced sweet potatoes, build a new overlapping layer. Again, sprinkle with 1/3 of the seasonings and ½ cup of shredded cheese. Using half of the remaining sliced sweet potatoes, make another layer and sprinkle the last third of the seasonings and another ½ cup of cheese (you should have about ½ cup cheese remaining). Use the last of the sweet potatoes to make one final layer on top. Stir the garlic cream mixture then pour it evenly over the top of the gratin, being sure to cover the top layer of sweet potatoes. Shake the dish gently to distribute the cream. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  3. Cover with foil and bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, move the gratin to the top 1/3 of the oven and bake, uncovered, for an additional 20 minutes or until the top is nicely browned and the potatoes are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. You may also place it under the broiler for a few minutes if you wish the top to be a deeper brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.


Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Gingersnap Crust
1 3/4 C gingersnap crumbs (about 30 small cookies)
6T real butter, melted
3 T brown sugar
3/4 C ground pecans

3 8oz blocks cream cheese
3/4 C canned pumpkin puree
6 oz melted white chocolate = 1 C white chocolate chips
1 C sugar
3 eggs
2 t vanilla
1/4 t nutmeg
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t cloves

–  1 C whipping cream
– 1/3 C roughly chopped pecans, caramelized
– 2 Tablespoons caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Using 2 large pieces of heavy-duty foil, securely wrap the bottom and outside of your cheesecake pan. This will prevent leaks when using the water bath.

For Crust: Use a food processor to crush gingersnaps. Then do pecans. Combine gingersnaps, pecans, brown sugar, and butter and stir well to combine. Press into a 9″ spring form pan. Evenly spread across the bottom of pan and up the sides about 1 inch. To melt chocolate, place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Set aside. With an electric mixer beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. With the mixer running, slowly add in white chocolate in a steady stream (or steady blobs). Pour mixture on top of the crust.

Place cheesecake pan inside of a larger pan. The larger pan should be at least 2-3 inches in depth. Place in pre-heated oven. With a kettle or pitcher filled with hot water, pour water into the larger pan about halfway up, or approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until set. The center should be just a tad bit jiggly still. It will finish cooking while cooling. When it’s done, remove from oven and place on a rack until completely cool. Place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.  When ready to serve spread sweetened whipped cream on top, drizzle caramel sauce over it, and sprinkle with pecans.


About Jo Anne Johnson Real Estate Group, Compass


Jo Anne Johnson knows The Woodlands real estate market. She has been building her residential real estate business, hyper-focused on The Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia and Conroe, since 2008.  Jo Anne and her team credit their success to the ongoing mission of service to their community and the company mantra of:  Faith, Integrity, Relationships. Giving back to the community and others who have so graciously supported Jo Anne and her business is engrained in her business model.  Helping their clients move forward with the greatest care and expertise drives their business, and is reflected in over 500 HAR 5-Star Client Experience Reviews.  The team has consistently ranked in Houston Business Journal’s Top 25 for Small Teams since 2013. Jo Anne Johnson Real Estate Group proudly supports Interfaith of The Woodlands.
25511 Budde Rd., Ste #1701
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Holiday Wish Guide Goes Digital!

Due to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and our focus on supporting our ad partners, clients, staff and the community, The Book The Woodlands Wish Guide is going digital!

The Wish Guide was introduced in 2019 as an exclusive luxury look-book modeled after The Book The Woodlands with the same sophisticated matte cover and pages, in a more petite 7×10” size.

This year, The Wish Guide will highlight 12 local businesses in our Countdown to Giving released on social media as well as the The Book The Woodlands website. We will also continue to feature festive editorial content, stylish and luxurious gift ideas as well as a calendar of events in and around The Woodlands during the Holiday Season. There will also be opportunities for both large and small digital ads to be featured on the website.

The Wish Guide will run from November through January! Please join us in using your marketing dollars to make a positive impact on meeting the needs of our neighbors in South Montgomery County as all proceeds will go to help fund Interfaith’s many programs and services.

For more information or to inquire about availability,
please call Cathy Mogler, Publications Manager 832.615.8213